Date/Time: Thursday, October 19, 3:00 – 5:15 p.m.

The FCBA Wireless Telecommunications Committee will sponsor a CLE on Thursday, October 19 from 3:00 – 5:15 p.m. entitled “Closing the Digital Divide: Mobile Wireless Broadband in Rural America.”  This program will be held at CTIA, 1400 16th Street, NW.

Closing the digital divide in rural America with mobile wireless technologies remains a high priority among policymakers, industry and consumers.  This program will review the key issues that affect the deployment and availability of mobile wireless services in rural America, including spectrum and infrastructure, and the recent efforts and actions from Congressional leaders and the Federal Communications Commission.


3:00 – 3:05 p.m.         Welcome and Introductions

3:05 – 4:00 p.m.         Putting Rural Mobile Wireless in Focus: Spectrum, Infrastructure and Mapping

Getting the right policies to support mobile wireless deployment in rural American depends upon a mix of spectrum, infrastructure and data about the state of wireless in rural America.  Panelists will discuss innovative services, policies and data collection options that will support the continued deployment of mobile wireless broadband to rural America.

Rebecca Murphy Thompson, General Counsel, Competitive Carriers Association


Paula Boyd, Senior Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft

Tom Jenkins, Vice President-Network Solutions, Nielsen

Larry L. Lueck, Associate Legal Counsel, Nsight

Chip Strange, Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Mosaik

4:00 – 4:10 p.m.         Break

4:10 – 5:15 p.m.         Connecting America with Universal Mobile Wireless Broadband

Congressional leaders continue to press the FCC and other agencies to do more to ensure Americans in rural areas can access mobile wireless broadband services.  Through Mobility Fund II, the FCC recently dedicated $4.5 Billion over 10 years to support the deployment of mobile wireless broadband services in unserved rural areas.  Panelists will discuss the lessons learned from previous mobile wireless broadband deployment funding efforts and recent actions and proposals to connect unserved areas in rural America with 4G LTE.


Trey Hanbury, Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP


Alex Damato, Tech & Telecom Aide, Office of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin

Victoria Flood, Legislative Assistant, Office of U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito

Mary Henze, Assistant Vice President. Federal Regulatory, AT&T

Michael A. Janson, Assistant Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC

Grant Spellmeyer, Vice President, Federal Affairs & Public Policy, US Cellular


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